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Walmart ‘super store’ coming to Compton

Wal-Mart ‘Super Store’ coming to Compton, creating 300 jobs and boosting local economy COMPTON --- At a town hall meeting packed with his constituents, City Councilman Isaac Galvan joined Wal-Mart representatives recently to announce plans to

Wal-Mart ‘Super Store’ coming to Compton, creating 300 jobs and boosting local economy

COMPTON — At a town hall meeting packed with his constituents, City Councilman Isaac Galvan joined Wal-Mart representatives recently to announce plans to build a new Wal-Mart supercenter here—delivering critically needed jobs for residents, providing shoppers with more retail options and helping the city to keep tax dollars at home.

“I’m proud to welcome Wal-Mart to District 2,” said Councilmember Galvan.  “Jobs and services are important to the quality of life a community can offer its residents. Compton residents are excited about the creation of 300 new jobs, as well as the opportunity to purchase groceries, merchandise, and pharmacy services in their own community. We look forward to building a strong relationship with our newest corporate citizen!”

The Compton Wal-Mart will provide the community with convenient, one-stop shopping and access to healthy and affordable food like fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meats and dairy products, as well as deli and bakery goods. The store will also provide residents with a wide range of general merchandise, including home furnishings, household items, apparel, electronics, sporting goods and toys. The store will also provide a full-service pharmacy and access to Wal-Mart’s $4 generic prescription program.

The new Wal-Mart will occupy approximately 133,000 square feet in the former Sear’s store and distribution center building on Long Beach Boulevard and Orchard Avenue. The store is expected to open in late 2016.

“A new store in Compton represents a growth opportunity for local suppliers,” said Javier Angulo, Wal-Mart director of public affairs.  “It means that we will be looking to source even more products from suppliers in the region and do more business locally.”

In FYE13, Wal-Mart spent more than $55 million for merchandise and services from Compton suppliers, which helped support 690 supplier jobs.

The retail giant also announced that it will partner with the City of Compton to meet with other local suppliers, learn about their businesses and the obstacles that they might face, determine how Wal-Mart can purchase products from them and how the retailer can help suppliers to further succeed.

Wal-Mart will employ a mix of 300 full- and part-time employees, including: department managers, customer service, personnel, maintenance, sales associates, stocking positions, cashiers and more.

In the next few months, Wal-Mart will begin partnering with local organizations to help identify job candidates.

Wal-Mart will also open a local hiring center, where job candidates will be able to come ask questions, complete applications online and schedule job interviews.  The hiring center is expected to open in late 2016.

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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